Dwight Howard vs. LeBron James: Who's the better franchise buil...

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T hrough a study of NBA history, the debate largely has been decided, the outcome even repeated in recent times.

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Jimmy

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Jan 28, 2009
 
I love Dwight but I'd go Lebron. Dwight needs somebody to pass him the ball.
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I got to go with Dwight, at least you know he is loyal to the franchise.
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dwight is better,he can score,rebound,pass the ball well for a big dude,and block,lebron is a ball hog
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cant go wrong either way...BUT....like they say....BIG MEN WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS, going with dwight..
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please, dwight is overrated. he is a good defender and great rebounder, but on offense he can be non-existent. he has no offensive talent and isnt a leader AT ALL. i agree a big man is the better person to build around but not dwight howard. only Shaq, Tim duncan, hakeem, bill russell, wilt, and kareem have ever won championships built around them as the center peace. and all 0f them had more leadership, and offensive ability in thier FINGERTIP than dwight has in his whole body
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I can't believe you failed to mention the greatest center of all time. Wilt. He is the only player responsible for two rule changes. The lane was widened to give others a chance to get a rebound and the inbounds pass is no longer passed in over the top of the back board as Wilt was the only one waiting when it came down.

Don't even forget that he was also a track star.

Bill Russell became a legend because of his battles with Wilt the Stilt Chamberlain.
Kingv99

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Jan 29, 2009
 
Being a Magic fan I would have to go with Dwight but I will give you my honest opinion tonight!
Bobller

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Jan 29, 2009
 
kenny wrote:
please, dwight is overrated. he is a good defender and great rebounder, but on offense he can be non-existent. he has no offensive talent and isnt a leader AT ALL. i agree a big man is the better person to build around but not dwight howard. only Shaq, Tim duncan, hakeem, bill russell, wilt, and kareem have ever won championships built around them as the center peace. and all 0f them had more leadership, and offensive ability in thier FINGERTIP than dwight has in his whole body
Getting revved up for tonight's game?
Hyperbole is fun, but to claim that Dwight has no offensive ability?
I guess we'll see tonight.
Bobller

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Let's GO Magic fans!!!
It may be just one game, but this is national TV, and could send SVG and co to the All-Star game.

Magic fans- LET'S MAKE SOME NOISE FOR YOUR ORLANDO MAGIC!
YoureAnIdiot

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dwight is 23 yrs old.

he's all laugh n giggles now but he'll harden up.

lebron can take over because of the leeway allowed him.

he's got superstar driving of the ball status with the refs. he gets to crab dibble and debatable touch fouls.

its fact!!

u cant argue the league doesnt favor players of prescribed superstar status who drive the ball.

free walk

free foul line

dwight IS NOT a benefactor of the refs.

hopefully with the whole andrew bynum david west thing will get the league and officials to look at some of the abuse under the basket players like dwight have to endure without getting ANY calls.
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Well, I'd certainly take LeBron over Dwight, because I think he is the more dominate player, and can make those around him so much better. That being said, I am biased, and even though I love Dwayne Wade, Kobe,etc...I would DEFINITELY take Dwight over either of them...or anyone else in the league not named LeBron.

As for the previous poster's comment about Dwight getting hacked... Watch the Cavs and Orlando tonight... LeBron gets hacked as much as anyone in the league.
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LeBron gets calls because he flies into the lane like a madman and he does a very good job of acting and flopping in the air like Iverson. I'd only choose LeBron because he doesn't complain to refs as much as Dwight does. That really shows how immature a player is.

“Life's a Beach”

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Six of one a half dozen of the other! I would take either one if I had the chance!

Tonight's going to be a playoff atmosphere in the Arena! I'm looking forward to it!

Go Magic!
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howard is not even close to his prime yet... offensively, defensively... its just scary to know that he's still got 3 to 4 years to grow... Take dwight everyday of the week and twice on sundays, Lebron wishes he could play with d12 right along with everyone else
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Interesting question. LeBron is a far superior player at this stage. The quandry is the "drop off" factor. There is always a much larger drop off in talent from a 1st tier Center to a 2nd tier center....than there is a 1st tier G/F to a 2nd tier G/F.

The difference is LeBron is such a freak that he transends all that. I am a homey for Dwight, but if I was neutral, I'd have to say LeBron. The big reason is...he can carry a team on his back to victory. Dwight cannot....at least not yet.

You put LeBron on a team with very little talent....like the one he's now..... ;-)

....and the team is still good.

You put Dwight on a team with very little talent and you have the Toronto Raptors.
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Lebron; by far.
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Jan 29, 2009
 
LeBron by a mile, especially in crunch time: he turns the ball over far less, and of course shoots much better from the line, making him much less of a liability in close games.

Dwight is going to be the best center in the league for the majority of his career, but you can't pass up on a 6'8 wing with the strength of a 4, the speed and quickness of a 2, and the skills of a point.
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this is about the most worthless, homer article ever written. Anyone that would rather have Dwight Howard over Lebron James or Kobe Bryant is nuts. Dwight is a great player- but not on the level of those 2.

Since: Apr 08

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Jan 29, 2009
 
Michael in Ocoee wrote:
Interesting question. LeBron is a far superior player at this stage. The quandry is the "drop off" factor. There is always a much larger drop off in talent from a 1st tier Center to a 2nd tier center....than there is a 1st tier G/F to a 2nd tier G/F.
The difference is LeBron is such a freak that he transends all that. I am a homey for Dwight, but if I was neutral, I'd have to say LeBron. The big reason is...he can carry a team on his back to victory. Dwight cannot....at least not yet.
You put LeBron on a team with very little talent....like the one he's now..... ;-)
....and the team is still good.
You put Dwight on a team with very little talent and you have the Toronto Raptors.
I beg to differ with you about "the rest of the Cavs not having any talent."
They are deep in talent and that includes the bench too. There should have been more All-Star picks from the Cavs. They are not #1 with the best record because they're a bunch of schmucks!

“Are You Kidding Me? SHAQ left?”

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Michael in Ocoee wrote:
Interesting question. LeBron is a far superior player at this stage. The quandry is the "drop off" factor. There is always a much larger drop off in talent from a 1st tier Center to a 2nd tier center....than there is a 1st tier G/F to a 2nd tier G/F.
The difference is LeBron is such a freak that he transends all that. I am a homey for Dwight, but if I was neutral, I'd have to say LeBron. The big reason is...he can carry a team on his back to victory. Dwight cannot....at least not yet.
You put LeBron on a team with very little talent....like the one he's now..... ;-)
....and the team is still good.
You put Dwight on a team with very little talent and you have the Toronto Raptors.
I cant think....I just CANNOT....
Tough tough question to be honest...
But your "carrying a team on his back" analogy is on the money.

Please don't bring Toronto's name on this forum again.
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